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Art On The Go – What I Learned While Traveling For Two Months

I’m just back from traveling for two months. I enjoyed it, but things did not go as I anticipated. I’m not complaining. I met wonderful people, formed new friendships and enjoyed numerous activities. It’s been great!

Metal art found on an office wall. This is my inspiration for some paper art I am planning on making in the future.

I packed expecting one set of adventures, but fate had different plans. Everything went as planned until the second week in January. Then things got interesting. We stayed with new friends while waiting for multiple appointments for our van which developed a fuel leak. Since most of my art supplies were in the van, which was being worked on, I didn’t get all that much art done. My planned trip to a paper art exhibit Tucson, didn’t happen. Nor did I get to visit Sedona or Santa Fe or Taos.

Hiking in the Superstition Mountains in Arizona.

We did make it to the Superstition Mountains. Great hiking and wonderful views. Car trouble there, but wonderful strangers to help carry 5 of us out. Lots of wonderful experiences, but not what was planned.

A piece of calligraphy I did with a brush marker and black pen.

What did I learn from this experience? I packed too many art supplies of the wrong type. I was typing to do the same type of art that I would have done at home. Next time I’m going with a couple of journals with watercolor paper and drawing paper. I won’t plan on making boxes on my trip. I’ll keep it simple with watercolors and a few different types of pens and pencils.

Being serenaded by the bird on the top of the Saguaro Cactus.

As I do more traveling, I’m sure I’ll revise what I take on my travels. I’ll keep you posted as to what works for me as I travel.

Enjoy, Candy

Create a Strong Brand for Yourself and Your Artwork

Artists create! We create music, we write, we dance, and we create art for the purpose of self-discovery and self-expression.  Our need to express is an inherit part of our being and is truly the essence of being human. Our need to communicate with others is the highest form of art.  The process of sharing our creations, in exhibitions and art shows or selling them online or in galleries, all require a solid business approach to be successful.

When you are ready to sell your art, it is important to create a brand name for your company.  A brand name is used to establish your identify so that the public will know who you are and will recognize your artwork when they see your paintings.  Most artists use their name as their brand but I have adopted “The Grand View” as my primary company name and as the umbrella that I do my business under. I also use my name, “Stefan Baumann” as a second brand name along with “The Grand View.”  This means that I have two brands that I work with when growing my business.

The first step in developing your brand identity is to define your artistic interests that you want market under your brand. Collectors appreciate consistency.  If you are an artist who paints Abstract art one day and Plein Air the next, your collectors may not know what to expect from you. So ask yourself, “What is it that I want to create to sell?” A strong brand can positively influence collectors and create perceived value for your art.  It can create an emotional attachment with the collector to your work while providing a consistent focus on what you’re marketing and will project credibility in the marketplace. It also creates “client loyalty” and “repeat buying” along with generating positive word of mouth advertising. Consistency in creating your style, your quality of artwork, and your marketing approach is extremely important.  If your collectors associate positively with your brand, they learn to trust your ability to create quality work and experience fairness in your business practices.  They are more likely to talk about your work and display it for others to see, which may result in new collectors who purchase your work.  To change any aspect of your brand, your style or the quality of your work may create a situation where you could have to start your business over again.

The second question to address is do you want to create a small business or a big business? Are you going to be a person who sells a few paintings a year or are you going to be like Thomas Kinkade and paint large numbers of paintings? Most artists are happy to manage a small, personal business. Success in any business comes from presenting your business in well-defined terms by highlighting the attractive features of your artwork and your business practices to your customers and collectors.  Your long-term growth is generated by building relationships that help your collectors connect with your name, brand and your artwork. Your collectors are the foundation for your art business. If your collectors have confidence in your brand, and know who you are and that you consistently introduce new artwork with familiar themes and subject matter, collector loyalty and repeat purchases will follow.   Branding can influence clients’ purchasing decisions, especially if they want to become collectors and increase dollar value for your art business. Your brand needs to reflect your vision and what you love about creating art as an established artist, what you want to offer them, and what they will get from owning your art.  Branding also helps your customers identify you and recognize you out of the crowd, and it tells your collectors what they can expect when your name pops up in conversation or in the news.

Branding your art business takes time and consistency. Finding new ways to promote your brand must be worked on everyday, every week and every month. Doing this takes follow-through, perseverance, and patience.  It might take time, but remember, marketing your work and living your dream is better than working at a job you hate.  Think long term, stay focused and you will have loyal clients for life and a business that generates cash all year.

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Memory Drawing: An Essay on a Form of Memory Drawing With Examples

Thinking About Memory Drawing.

I have been thinking lately about memory drawing. The topic was sparked by one of the books I’ve been reading about drawing by the director of The Arts Student’s League of New York City. The book is “The Visual Language of Drawing” and is by James L. McElhinney and several of the instructors at the League.

Memory Drawing: Still Life With Toy Pony Series

“The Natural Way To Draw”, Kimon Nicolaides.

At one point in the book, Mr. McElhinney mentions the 1930s instructor Kimon Nicolaides and his approach to teaching drawing.  As a point of reference, the book  “The Natural Way To Draw” is derived from the teaching notes of Mr. Nicolaides. James McElhinney lists some of the exercises that Nicolaides had student do and it includes  “memory drawings”.

Now then, my copy of “The Natural Way To Draw” is stuck away in storage. However, when I was starting out on my drawing and painting path, I read through Nicolaides book. At the time, I did not have access to a life drawing class and was struggling to find a way to start developing my artist’s skills. When I reached the memory drawing exercise I thought “Aha! This is something I can do anywhere, anytime!” And, so I did the exercises, or  at least my version of Nicolaides memory drawing. I would say that memory drawing lead to my eventual “Peggy” style drawing which is a blend of memory and imagination.

The first “Still Life with Toy Pony Drawing, March 2009.  I drew this version from life and imagination.

Intentions.

From time to time fellow artists have asked me how I come up with my designs, especially for series like “Still Life with Toy Pony”.  Oddly enough, that is a hard question to answer.  But, drawing from memory is a start toward explaining the process.  If such a question interests you, please read on.

Other times, people just like and enjoy to see the drawings and paintings.  In which case, the narrative about memory drawings may not be so relevant.  Instead, I hope you will find the works shown here interesting and enlightening.

What Is Memory Drawing?

So, what is memory drawing? Its a way of drawing without direct observation; that is to say you are not looking at a model while drawing.  So, this is what I learned and remembered from Kimon Nicolaides’ book.

Sidebar: Disclaimer!

Disclaimer time first, though! I ought to mention that this is how I interpreted the lesson.  If I read the book today, I might interpret it differently.

Memory Drawing Exercise.

In any case, here is the gist of the exercise: draw something you see during the day from memory; not from life. You might want to set aside say 20 minutes a day to do this type of drawing. Maybe you draw a car door handle, or a person opening the car door. Another idea might be to draw a person you meet on the street, in a coffee shop, or on a bench at a bus stop. And, the subject doesn’t have to be people. It might be a cat crossing the street; a horse in a field, or a plaster cast angel in your neighbor’s yard.  Or, it could be a still life arrangement you find or set up.

Memory Drawing, Still Life With Toy Pony Drawing 60

This is drawing number 60 of the Still Life with Toy Pony series. By this time, I was drawing exclusively from memory and imagination.

How I Did It.

Back to my personal experience and perspective. My routine has been to go out and do a jog most mornings. I have been doing this for years. After reading Kimon Nicolaides book, I thought I might pay attention to the people I pass while jogging. I would look at someone then try to remember an impression of the person.  Then, I would set aside 20 minutes after breakfast and get to work drawing the person I’d seen while jogging.

Results:  What I Learned.

As you might imagine, at first the figures were stiff. The label “not very good” would have been appropriate. But, what I learned was that I became better at the memory drawing over time, especially if I saw the same person doing the same action – say walking down a beach.

I would like to share what happens. Each time you see someone doing the same action, you take better mental notes. You see “what the legs do”, in other words the shape legs create while they are walking. Another day, you notice how the arms swing naturally while a person is walking. Next, you might notice the tilt of a head or how a jacket bunches up at the elbow. Each little observation becomes a mental note that helps you with your next memory drawing.

Oh, and, yes, the first memory drawings I did are stuck in storage along with my Nicolaides book.  But, the process took!  I still do this type of drawing when I start a series.

Drawn from Memory and Imagination

Variations on a Theme: Drawing #22

Life Drawing.

Now, for those of you who like to draw from life, remember this is an exercise. And, life drawing is a form of memory drawing. Consider this, drawing from life is “look, remember, draw, look, remember, draw” and repeat. Unless you are doing a blind contour drawing, it might be said that you are doing “memory” drawing pretty much anytime you draw from life. In this case, you are holding a bit of information in your memory for a short time rather than the time I took to do my 20 minute memory drawing.

Abstract Drawing.

Since I mentioned life drawing, I thought I’d talk about abstract drawing for a paragraph. Drawing from memory is one way to “abstract” the essence of the subject.  You simplify; you remember the main movement, gesture, color, or shape.  That something that you remember can become a point of departure for a stylized, abstracted design.  The memory of people, nature or things observed in life becomes the source of inspiration, improvisation and intuition.

How Memory Drawing Influenced My Artwork.

So, how did this memory drawing have an effect on my artwork? After awhile, I found that I saw interesting shapes while drawing. I gradually freed myself from trying to recreate my subject and started experimenting. Drawing became a type of dialogue between me, my memory, my drawing and my imagination. I can best describe the process as a “push and pull” type of drawing: pushing lines and shapes one way; then pulling them an opposite. I work this way until I gain traction and the drawing emerges on the paper.

Memory Drawing: Design 4, Still Life with Toy Pony

Variations on a Theme.

This type of “seeing, remembering, exploring” drawing is perfect for variations on a theme. That is to say, you start from what you see in life, then draw variations, allowing memories and imagination to influence your drawing. If you get stuck, you might go back to drawing from life.

For me, this was a great way to get started on developing my drawing skills. All I needed was a sketchbook, a pencil, a kneadable eraser and off I went. OH, yes, you may erase. I did because it helps to push and pull the drawing into shape! And, another rule I employed for myself, don’t give up until you have given the drawing a serious try!

“Still Life With Toy Pony” Series.

OK, nice, all these words.  But, how about results?  I have attached some of the drawings and paintings from my “Still Life with Toy Pony” series.  The series was started by a drawing from life.  As I started working variations, I worked from memory, then I transitioned to imagination.  Imagination, in this case, might be said to be a modified form of memory drawing too.  I incorporated what I remembered from the original still life plus all sorts of other ideas that popped into my head while drawing.

The “Still Life with Toy Pony” series marks a leap forward in my drawing, composition and painting skills.  I’ve worked on it periodically over a six year period.  And, who knows, I may yet re-visit the theme!

Still Life With Toy Pony Design 32: Memory Drawing

How About You?

Do you do a form of memory drawing?  What are your experiences?  Please feel free to share and add a comment.  Thanks!

Update, February 13, 2017.

I found more about drawing from memory on a website:  Studio Rousar.  Artist Darren Rousar has written a book titled “Memory Drawing”, plus he has several exercises and insights available for you.  His exercises are different from mine and, incidentally, I thought I try a few out myself.  Thanks!

 

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The Power To Create Painting Better Paintings

The Power To Create Painting Better in this video Baumann talks to a class about creating better paintings by thinking out of the box. PaintingsInspiring Millions to paint outdoors This video is about Touch Move and Inspire. Get a free Book at his website www.StefanBaumann.com. The paintings of Stefan Baumann reveal the true spirit of nature by transporting the viewer to distant lands that have gone unseen and undisturbed. With the huge success of Baumann’s weekly PBS television series “The Grand View: America’s National Parks through the Eyes of an Artist,” millions of people witness for themselves the magic Stefan portrays on canvas, his passion for nature and the American landscape. By distilling his love of nature into a luminous painting of brilliant, saturated color that transcends conventional landscape and wildlife art, Baumann has captured the hearts and imaginations of a generation. Each painting becomes an experience rather than merely a picture – a vivid manifestation of his special and personal union with nature and the outdoor world. Through his mastery of light, color and artful composition, Baumann invites you to experience nature in its purity. It is no wonder that for many years distinguished American collectors, including former presidents and financial icons, have sought out his work.

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Central Art Supply 6th Annual Creative Art Extravaganza

Central Art Supply 6th Annual Creative Art Extravaganza
& 36th Anniversary Sale

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Central Art’s Mini Workshop Extravaganza 2017! Full Schedule (updated 2/11/17)*

Set your artistic “playdate” and enjoy 2 days of hands-on fun during our

6th Annual Creative Art Extravaganza!

 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH

10:00am – ALCOHOL INKS

11:30am –MAKE YOUR MARK!

1:00pm – STRATHMORE PLAYGROUND HANDBOOKBLE!

2:30pm – PAINT, SPRAY, MARBLE!

 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18TH

10:00am – INTRO TO SUMI PAINTING

11:30am –WIDE WORLD OF WATERCOLOR

1:00pm – COPIC COMIC ART

2:30pm – STARTING FROM SCRATCH

 

*Visit Central Art’s website and click the “Events & Classes” tab for

full mini workshop descriptions.

 

Fee: $5 per workshop. Pre-registration required for all workshops.

Must pay $5 fee at time of registration.

Stop in or call 541-773-1444 to reserve your spot, seats are limited to 12 per workshop!

central art supply 36th anniversary sale 2017

36 years ago George and Winnie Ebert set out on a new adventure, expanding their art supply business from Coos Bay to Medford, Oregon. Because of their hard work and dedication to the fine art industry, Central Art has been the creative destination for artists throughout the Rogue Valley and beyond.

 

We are committed to supporting and providing materials to the strong art community we have here. To celebrate that commitment, we are turning back the clock to products that stood the test of time in the art materials industry – and here at Central Art – some going back as far as 1557!

 

With history as our foundation, we will continue to bring you the best and latest products to support your creative endeavors. With that in mind we are hosting our 6th Annual Creative Art Extravaganza on February 17th and 18th, where vendors will showcase over 50 of the finest our industry has to offer. Adding to the hoopla, there will be opportunities like entering to win prizes and signing up for one of our mini workshops!

 

Thank you for being a part of Central Art’s rich history!

 

Visit Central Art!

Hanging Heart From Helen Hiebert’s 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar

While traveling, I am not able to make February’s paper project from Helen Hiebert’s 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar. There just wasn’t enough room to pack everything. I purchased both the calendar as well as the custom paper pack, so it’s going to be fun to make this once I get back home.

Hanging Heart, February’s paper project from Helen Hiebert’s 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar.

This is Helen’s photo of the hanging heart she made. The instructions for making this are included in her calendar, one project for each month of the year.

This is very similar to the hanging hearts I shared in December 2014 and February 2015.

These paper Valentine Heart Ornaments are made from polka dot scrapbook paper. My instructions are my blog post: DIY Hanging Paper Heart Ornaments

If you are interested in getting your own calendar see: 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar.

Enjoy, Candy

Improve Your Painting by Selling Your Art

Improve your painting by selling your Art, Stefan Baumann talk to his class about entering shows and galleries will improve your art. Inspiring Millions to paint outdoors This video is about Touch Move and Inspire. Get a free Book at his website www.StefanBaumann.com The paintings of Stefan Baumann reveal the true spirit of nature by transporting the viewer to distant lands that have gone unseen and undisturbed. With the huge success of Baumann’s weekly PBS television series “The Grand View: America’s National Parks through the Eyes of an Artist,” millions of people witness for themselves the magic Stefan portrays on canvas, his passion for nature and the American landscape. By distilling his love of nature into a luminous painting of brilliant, saturated color that transcends conventional landscape and wildlife art, Baumann has captured the hearts and imaginations of a generation. Each painting becomes an experience rather than merely a picture – a vivid manifestation of his special and personal union with nature and the outdoor world. Through his mastery of light, color and artful composition, Baumann invites you to experience nature in its purity. It is no wonder that for many years distinguished American collectors, including former presidents and financial icons, have sought out his work.

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Paintings Showing At Downtown Starbucks

Starbucks In Ashland, OR.

Showing at Starbucks has been a goal of mine since I painted my first “coffee cup” series painting some nine years ago!  Finally, I have just the opportunity to do so!

Starbucks Show

Three paintings showing at Downtown Starbucks, Ashland, OR.

I am pleased to say that I am showing three of my paintings at one of our local Starbucks coffee houses beginning Sunday, January 29th 2017 through April.  There are two Starbucks in Ashland and the specific location of the coffee house is at 120 East Main Street, downtown Ashland, OR.

Art2Business

Most importantly, I’d like to extend a special thank you to Wanda Pepin of Art2Business (Artist Services LLC) for coordinating this venue for me.

Business Hours:

You are invited and welcome to come by during normal business hours and enjoy the paintings.  Business hours are as follows:

  • 5:30 am to 7:00 pm Monday through Thursday;
  • 5:00 am to 8:00 pm Fridays;
  • 5:30 am to 8:00 pm Saturdays;
  • 5:30 am to 7:00 pm Sundays.

Purchasing Information:

All paintings showing are available for you to collect.  To purchase, please contact Ms. Wanda Pepin, Art2Business (Artist Services LLC) at phone number 541-261-9794.

My prices include the matting and framing.  Shipping and handling costs are extra, if necessary.  Feel free to contact me either through the contact page or by leaving a comment below.  Please be aware that the prices are good through the end of the show at Starbucks.  I may increase prices at a later date in the future.

Should you have any additional questions about the paintings, feel free to comment below or send me an email.

About the Paintings.

Starbucks Show

Old School, New School.  

Watercolor; $800 Framed; 2015; Inventory #445.

“I am amazed at the growth of personal digital media in our society.  Laptops, cell phones, tablets and digital books are so common place. In this painting, I wanted to portray new media next to old media.  Two friends are at a coffee shop and they are enjoying a reading break.  Old school is reading a traditional hard cover book; new school is reading on her laptop screen.  As an echo, I added two different kind of coffee cups: the old school porcelain cup and the new school paper cup.”

The Watercolor Society of Oregon juried accepted Old School, New School into its 2015 Spring Aqueous Media Juried Exhibition where it was awarded fourth place. 

Starbucks Show

Coffee Break Conversations.

Watercolor; $800 Framed; 2015; Inventory #444.

“I had a moment of inspiration while visiting a niece in Athens, GA.   To explain, my niece, husband and I were having coffee in a cafe and noticed two young couples came in.  The couples sat down to a table and each of them immediately brought out their smart phones.   The three of us looked at each in awe and amusement.  You see, it seems that the people on the other end of the line were as much a part of the conversation as the people at the table.”

The Watercolor Society of Oregon accepted Coffee Break Conversations into its 2016 Spring Aqueous Media Juried Exhibition.

Starbucks Show

Cafe, Espresso & Daisy.  

Watercolor & Acrylic; $800 Framed; 2008.  Inventory #212.

Café, Espresso and Daisy is one of a series of paintings exploring the theme of coffee and an espresso café.  The daisy was inspired by a particular arrangement I saw in a Portland, OR, café.  The cups, chairs and composition come from my imagination.  I tipped the table top up for fun and because of the shape.  “Café” is the French spelling for coffee.”

I have had the honor of having Cafe, Espresso and Daisy in two Juried shows:  Associated Arts of Ocean Shores 2008, Ocean Shores WA; and Collective Visions Gallery 2009, Bremerton WA.

Thank you and Enjoy!

Most of all, I do hope you will go by the Ashland Starbucks downtown and see these three paintings.

Stermer-Cox Showing At Starbucks

Three Paintings At Starbucks, Downtown, Ashland, OR.

 

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Painting What’s Your Niche And How To Sell It!

In this Video Stefan Baumann talks about ,,, What’s Your Niche
And How To Sell It!Inspiring Millions to paint outdoors This video is about Touch Move and Inspire. Get a free Book at his website www.StefanBaumann.com.
Private Coaching information is also on our website alone with Plein Air Workshops.

The paintings of Stefan Baumann reveal the true spirit of nature by transporting the viewer to distant lands that have gone unseen and undisturbed. With the huge success of Baumann’s weekly PBS television series “The Grand View: America’s National Parks through the Eyes of an Artist,” millions of people witness for themselves the magic Stefan portrays on canvas, his passion for nature and the American landscape. By distilling his love of nature into a luminous painting of brilliant, saturated color that transcends conventional landscape and wildlife art, Baumann has captured the hearts and imaginations of a generation. Each painting becomes an experience rather than merely a picture – a vivid manifestation of his special and personal union with nature and the outdoor world. Through his mastery of light, color and artful composition, Baumann invites you to experience nature in its purity. It is no wonder that for many years distinguished American collectors, including former presidents and financial icons, have sought out his work.

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Paper Cranes

I took a friend to a doctor’s office in Mesa, Arizona and was greeted by these wonderful paper cranes. I love discovering paper art, especially in unexpected places.

Paper cranes found in a doctor’s office.

Paper cranes found in a doctor’s office.

Paper cranes found in a doctor’s office.

I love the idea of using folded origami paper cranes as a room divider.

Enjoy, Candy